Violence Erupts In Gabon Following Contested Election Result

Sept. 3, 2009, midnight

Violent protests erupted in and around Libreville on Thursday following election officials’ announcement that Ali BONGO had won Sunday’s Presidential election with 42 percent of votes. Though results were due Sunday night, election commissioners had repeatedly delayed their release, most recently on Wednesday. Many analysts including a cabinet member have questioned the veracity of the voter registry, and three candidates were claiming victory as of Tuesday. Curfews are in effect, many Gabonese are stockpiling provisions, and French troops are patrolling Port-Gentil following an attack on that country’s consulate. BONGO is the son of El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba, who ruled Gabon for more than four decades. The senior BONGO died in June.

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